City Building celebrates Glasgow’s young tradespeople

The next generation of Glasgow’s construction force have been recognised by their employer City Building at the firm’s annual Apprentice Awards.

More than 80 young men and women were under the spotlight after being shortlisted for achievements in roles such as electrical, joinery, painting and decorating, gas engineering and administration.

Held in the City Chambers on 29 May, Glasgow’s young tradespeople were honoured by senior management teams at City Building, as well as Board members, friends and family members.

One of the night’s biggest successes was Lisa Murphy (21) who was crowned City Building Apprentice of The Year. A two-time winner of the prestigious industry award Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year, she is a rising star of her profession.

Now in the final year of her apprenticeship, Lisa will be taking on a full-time role at City Building.

She said: “There are so many talented young people working within the organisation, which makes the title of Apprentice of the Year even more special. I’ve had an incredible journey over the last four years, and my apprenticeship with City Building has opened the door to so many opportunities.”

In addition to technical skills, many apprentices were praised for their compassion and kind-heartedness. While working in the home of a 91-year old tenant, third-year electrical apprentice Craig Sideserf went above and beyond to ensure the woman was comfortable.

While she was initially apprehensive about having people in her house, Craig immediately made her feel relaxed, taking time to fix her CD player and even getting up to dance with her.

Derek Main, City Building supervisor, said: “I was blown away watching this 19-year-old calm the tenant. Not only did he treat her with respect, he brought delight to her day and I will never forget how her face lit up.”

At the event, City Building also announced nominations for its first ever Peer Awards – a new category that allows apprentices to nominate their fellow colleagues. A total of six Peer Awards were handed out to Paul Thomson (1st year plumber), Chloe Sinclair (2nd year administrator apprentice), Chloe McPhail (2nd year administrator apprentice), Shareece Wallace (2nd year painter and decorator), Amy Doyle (4th year painter and decorator) and Patrick Quinn (4th year electrician).

City Building currently trains more than 320 individuals across various construction trades. Since 2006 the firm has provided 1,102 apprenticeships, with 70% going on to retain full time employment at City Building.

Dr. Graham Paterson, executive director, said: “As Scotland’s largest employer of apprentices, we have a duty to ensure those coming through our training programme are given the right tools to succeed.

“City Building has such a strong calibre of young people working across the company, and the awards ceremony allows us to recognise all the great work being carried out.

“As a company, our success is rooted in its people, and with so many hardworking, talented and good-hearted youngsters within the organisation, the future certainly looks bright for City Building.”

Share icon
Share this article: